The New Music of Jamaica

Walshy Fire stated that “Jamaican artists are on the verge of creating a new genre” in a recent interview. This claim warranted further exploration so we went in on the topic.

Before analyzing today’s music we reviewed the many genres that Jamaica has created. That amazing history includes Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae, Dub and Dancehall. Reggae sub-genres Nyahbingi, lover’s rock, and rub-a-dub are also popular styles.

Reggae Lover Podcast 140 - The New Music of Jamaica

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There was a peak in dancehall popularity in the early 2000s followed by a decline in quality reggae. At that time vinyl formats transitioned to CD. Then CDs went out and digital downloads came in. DJs started using laptops to play music and consumers turned to personal electronics. This transitional period led to what we call the reggae revival.

The current global dancehall and reggae revival movements are creating genre-bending trends. Artists like Protoje, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, Damian Marley, and Koffee are synonymous with such trends.

Based on our analysis there either is a new emerging genre, or the concept of genres is simply dead. Distinctions between genres have become blurred and young audiences around the world are embracing that change.

References:

  • Lord Fly with Dan Williams – Medley of Jamaican Mento
  • Koffee – Toast
  • Culture – Two Sevens Clash
  • Lila Ike – Biggest Fan
  • Toots and the Maytals – Do the Reggae
  • Reggae Lover Episode 20 – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry,
  • Johnny Osborne – Water Pumping
  • Reggae Lover Episode 21 – Augustus Pablo,
  • The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
  • Reggae Lover Episode 120 – Dub.
  • Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus – None of Jah Jah Children
  • Hood Celebrity – Walking Trophy
  • King Tubbys – King of the Arena
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  • Justin Beiber – Sorry
  • Koffee – Rapture
  • Bob Marley – Talking Blues
  • Reggae Lover Episode 126 – Dancehall vs Reggae
  • Reggae Lover Episode 133 – The Influence of Reggae
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Why We’re Now All Talk

This podcast is a dedication to reggae lovers. In 2019 we changed from a mix show format to a talk show of the same theme. We are tackling reggae music topics, the business, and its culture.

This podcast is a dedication to reggae lovers. In 2019 we changed from a mix show format to a talk show of the same theme. We are tackling reggae music topics, the business, and its culture. Highlanda Sound will continue to release live audio and mixes that you can access on SoundCloud. Also, you'll find archives of the previous "Reggae Lover" seasons with 100+ mixes.

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Highlanda Sound will continue to release live audio and mixes that you can access on SoundCloud. Also, you’ll find archives of the previous “Reggae Lover” seasons with 100+ mixes.

In a podcast, you’re not allowed to use music that you don’t own. Any copyrighted material that you use in a podcast is copyright infringement. One reason for our format change was to avoid negative repercussions.

This season we have been able to engage with our audience to a greater degree. Thanks to everybody that’s been hitting me up. I’m grateful for the comments and messages.

This episode acknowledges the creativity and success of individuals in the reggae biz. Along with that, we explain the lack of documentation of these successes. There is insufficient coverage of reggae music history.

We need more writers and content creators to cover the events that take place. We need to tell the stories of the individuals involved in making the music. That side of the business is severely lacking.

Popular artists and sound systems have had thriving, successful careers for decades. It is very hard to find clean pictures, video, and even quality audio of many of them. Doing research for this podcast and my previous radio productions has been difficult. Oftentimes you can’t find biographies, write-ups, and interviews.

Listen to the discussion of these issues as we attempt to offer possible solutions. We may not have mentioned everyone who is doing their part to stem this, but you know who you are. We take our hats off to you and thank you.

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Mentioned in the episode: On Stage, Nightly Fix, Rumble Talk Thursdays (Drew and Ninja Crown), Unsung (Vh1), Ce Ce Peniston, Shaggy, Sting, Idris Elba, Coxsone Dodd (Studio One), Killamanjaro, King Jammys, Stone Love, Unity Sound (Cross Fire), Black Assassin Sound, Channel One, Saxon, Jack Ruby, King Tubbys, Jackie Mittoo, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Vybz Kartel, Doctor Dread, Beth Lesser, Roger Steffens, Bob Marley, Buju Banton, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Tony Screw (Downbeat the Ruler), David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Michael Dawson, Russel Simmons, Bullwakies, RAS Records, Gregory Isaacs, Israel Vibration, Tupac, The Notorious BIG, Jam Master Jay, Vibe Magazine, Chronixx, Koffee, Aidonia, Popcaan, Early B, Sammy Dread, Freddie McGregor

 

“LOVE AFTER” NOVEL GETS LOCAL NOD AT JAMAICAN PRE-RELEASE

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Jamaican born actress, model, and now published author Jacinth Headlam launched her first ever novel, ‘Love After’ in Jamaica. She is known for playing the lead role in the film ‘Diary of a Badman.’

Jacinth Headlam
The motivational memoir shares with readers her love, pain, heartbreak and how she found the strength to rebuild, with the intention of inspiring others to overcome their own challenges and find that “Love After.”

Jacinth, who currently resides in the USA, visited the island to promote the project. She hosted a pre-release book signing for ‘Love After’ at Bookophilia in Kingston. Headlam got a chance to interact with her fans in an intimate setting where some shared their personal stories.

“To interact with my fans directly made it more real. To get that instant gratification and to interact with them both individually and collectively, while hearing their personal stories was amazing.” Jacinth explained.

Jacinth Headlam

Jacinth Headlam


The launch was a success and the book was well received. Those in attendance were eager to buy and excited to read the memoir in hopes of finding their own personal purpose.

“Many need help letting go of their past and finding their love after within themselves, many are eager to discover their purpose and how to manifest their dreams to reality,” Jacinth added.

The international launch of ‘Love After’ will be in New York City on February 9, 2019, at Stuart Cinema in Brooklyn, NY. Then Jacinth heads to London and Canada for more promotional appearances.

The official release of the memoir will be on February 9, 2019. ‘Love After’ will be available at Bookophilia in Kingston, Jamaica. Barnes and Nobles, Amazon, Audible and Kindle are other outlets. Printing and distribution by KD Printing and Infinity Publications LLC.

Who are the best Non-Jamaican Reggae Artists?

This Reggae Lover Podcast Episode (118) highlights the global reggae phenomenon. Take a listen – Full Show notes below.

The global reggae phenomenon is highlighted in this Reggae Lover Podcast Episode. Full show notes: highlanda.net/2018/10/08/non-jam…an-reggae-artists/  Nasio Fontaine was born on the Caribbean island of Dominica to a Carib Indian mother and Father of African descent.  Alpha Blondy was born in the Ivory Coast to a Muslim father and a Christian mother.  Joe Pilgrim and the Ligerians. Benin-born singer Joe Pilgrim spent his childhood in France.  Lucky Dube was a multi-platinum, award-winning South African Rastafarian reggae artist.  Midnite, a roots reggae band from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.  J Boog was born of Samoan ancestry in Long Beach, California but grew up mostly in Compton. He went to Hawaii in the 2000’s and launched his singing career fusing reggae, R&B, hip-hop, and rock.  Collie Budz was raised in Bermuda

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Nasio Fontaine was born on the Caribbean island of Dominica to a Carib Indian mother and Father of African descent. He later moved to St. Maarten where he became influenced by Rastafari and reggae artists such as Burning Spear and Bob Marley. He recorded his first single in 1986 and has since released 5 albums to critical acclaim. He has performed at festivals in Africa and the UK.

 

Alpha Blondy was born in the Ivory Coast to a Muslim father and a Christian mother. He sings for unity and peace between all religions. He has recorded reggae music in English, French, Baoule, Hebrew, Arabic, Ashanti, Dioula, Malinke, and Wolof. He recorded with the Wailers at Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica. He has worked with Sly and Robbie among other international musicians. From 1982 until now, he toured Europe and Africa and is known by his fans as “The Bob Marley of Africa.” He received a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album in 2003.

 

Joe Pilgrim and the Ligerians. Benin-born singer Joe Pilgrim spent his childhood in France.

 

Lucky Dube was a multi-platinum, award-winning South African Rastafarian reggae artist. He recorded 22 albums in Zulu, English, and Afrikaans over a 25 year period. Lucky Dude toured the world sharing stages with the likes of Sting and Sinead O’Connor. He appeared at the 1991 Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica. Dube gave Africa a voice and took its culture to the global stage. He raised conversations about the struggles faced by the people in his homeland. He will be remembered and honored for his contributions made to South Africa, bringing African reggae to the mainstream, and bridging cultural gaps throughout the diaspora.

 

Midnite was a roots reggae band from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. The band was started around 1989 by brothers Vaughn and Ron Benjamin and released its debut album in 1997. The Benjamin brothers went their separate ways at some point and the group reformed in 2015 around Vaughn Benjamin as Akae Beka. Reggae news website Midnight Raver referred to Midnite as “the most referred, influential, and prolific reggae act in two decades.”

 

J Boog was born of Samoan ancestry in Long Beach, California but grew up mostly in Compton. He went to Hawaii in the 2000’s and launched his singing career fusing reggae, R&B, hip-hop, and rock. His 2nd of 3 full-length albums rose to the top of the US Reggae Albums charts in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

 

Collie Budz was raised in Bermuda but was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to a Jamaican mother and Bermudian father. I included songs by Pressure Buss Pipes from the US Virgin Islands. Khari Kill and Zebulun hailing from Trinidad and Tobago are showcased.

 

Natural Blacks, the Guyanese-born reggae singer delivered some solid hits.

 

Stick Figure is an American reggae band based in Northern California. E.N Young from South of San Diego California near the Mexican border, former lead singer in the group Tribal Seeds.

 

The Simpkin Project, a reggae rock band from Huntington Beach, California contributes to the mix.

 

Hear songs from Katchafire, a New Zealand roots reggae band and City Kay, a French reggae band.

 

Matisyahu is a Jewish American reggae singer, rapper, and musician from Pennsylvania who grew up in White Plains, New York. He is known for blending Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae and rap. In 2006 Matisyahu was named Top Reggae Artist by Billboard.

 

“Rock right through Electric Avenue,” the biggest hit single by Eddy Grant who was born in Guyana and later moved to England and then Barbados.

 

Mista Savona is Australia’s leading reggae and dancehall producer. Listen for his collaboration with Julito Pardon, a Trumpet player from Havana, Cuba. The single is featured on the album “Havana meets Kingston” released by VP Records.

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